The ballot propositions

Here are the ballot propositions appearing on the April 3 ballot. Almost all of them dip into your pocket. One would regulate access to bathrooms and locker rooms, one would sell the Municipal Light & Power utility to the Chugach Electric Association and another would raise the property tax exemption. But, again, almost all of them dip into your pocket.

This is from the muni.org 2018 ballot propositions page:

Proposition No. 1

This proposition enacts a law that, among other things, would:

1.  Require all multiple occupancy changing facilities and restrooms that are owned or operated by the Municipality to be designated for, and used only by, persons of the same “sex,” except: (a) for custodial or maintenance purposes, when the facility is not occupied by a member of the opposite sex; (b) to render medical assistance; (c) in the circumstance of a caretaker accompanying a disabled person for the purpose of allowing the disabled person to use the facility; (d) for minors under the age of 8, when the minor is with a person caring for the minor; and (e) for certain emergency and other situations;

2.  Provide that employers, public accommodations, and other persons may establish and enforce sex-specific standards or policies concerning access to “intimate facilities,” such as locker rooms, showers, changing rooms, and restrooms;

3.  Define “sex” as an individual’s “immutable biological condition of being male or female,” as determined by “anatomy and genetics at the time of birth;” an individual’s “original birth certificate” could be relied upon as “definitive evidence” of the individual’s sex;

4.  Define “multiple occupancy changing rooms and bathrooms” as facilities designed or designated to be used by more than one person at a time where persons may be “in various states of undress in the presence of other persons,” such facilities would include, but not be limited to, locker rooms, shower rooms, changing rooms, and bathrooms;

5.  Declare a policy that persons using such facilities owned or operated by the Municipality have a right to “physical privacy” that includes the right “not to be seen in various states of undress by members of the opposite sex;” and

6.  Delete the requirement in current Municipal Code that entitles persons to use restrooms, locker rooms, and dressing rooms that are “consistent with their gender identity;” Municipal Code provides that a person’s “gender identity” means his or her “gender-related self-identity, as expressed in appearance or behavior, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth,” which may be established by medical history or, among other things, evidence that the gender identity is “sincerely held, core to a person’s gender-related self-identity, and not being asserted for an improper purpose.”

Shall this proposition become law? (Initiative Petition 2017-2)

Proposition No. 2

AO 2017-164(S), an ordinance submitting to qualified voters of Anchorage, Alaska, the question of issuing General Obligation Bonds of the Municipality of Anchorage not to exceed $50,656,500 to pay the costs of capital improvements for the Anchorage School District at the April 3, 2018 Municipal Election.

Proposition No. 3

AO 2017-172, an ordinance providing for the submission to the qualified voters of Anchorage, Alaska, the question of the issuance of not to exceed thirty-three million eight hundred sixty-five thousand dollars ($33,865,000) of General Obligation Bonds of the Municipality of Anchorage to pay the costs of road and storm drainage capital improvements in the Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area and related capital improvements, and the question of an increase in the Municipal Tax Cap Limitation to pay associated Operations and Maintenance costs in the Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area, at the election to be held in the Municipality on April 3, 2018.

Proposition No. 4

AO 2017-177, an ordinance providing for the submission to the qualified voters of Anchorage, Alaska, the question of the issuance of not to exceed three million six hundred fifty thousand dollars ($3,650,000) of General Obligation Bonds of the Municipality of Anchorage to pay the costs of constructing, renovating and equipping park, trail and recreational facilities capital improvements and related capital improvements in the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Service Area, and the question of an increase in the Municipal Tax Cap Limitation to pay associated Operations and Maintenance costs in the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Service Area, without cost to Chugiak, Eagle River, Girdwood and other taxpayers outside the service area, at the election to be held in the Municipality on April 3, 2018.

Proposition No. 5

AO 2017-173, an ordinance providing for the submission to the qualified voters of Anchorage, Alaska, the question of the issuance of not to exceed one million fifty thousand dollars ($1,050,000) of General Obligation Bonds of the Municipality of Anchorage to pay the costs of public safety facilities (police) and related capital improvements in the Anchorage Metropolitan Police Service Area at the election to be held in the Municipality on April 3, 2018.

Proposition No. 6

AO 2017-169, an ordinance providing for the submission to the qualified voters of Anchorage, Alaska, the question of the issuance of not to exceed two million five hundred eighty-eight thousand dollars ($2,588,000) of General Obligation Bonds of the Municipality of Anchorage to pay the costs of fire protection capital improvements and related capital improvements in the Anchorage Fire Service Area at the election to be held in the Municipality on April 3, 2018 and revising the 2018 General Government Capital Improvement Budget (CIB).

Proposition No. 7

AO 2017-171, an ordinance providing for the submission to the qualified voters of the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, the question of the issuance of not to exceed one million four hundred seven thousand dollars ($1,407,000) of General Obligation Bonds of the Municipality of Anchorage to pay the costs of areawide facilities capital improvement projects at the election to be held in the Municipality on April 3, 2018. .

Proposition No. 8

AO 2017-170, an ordinance providing for the submission to the qualified voters of Anchorage, Alaska, the question of the issuance of not to exceed four million nine hundred eight thousand dollars ($4,908,000) of General Obligation Bonds of the Municipality of Anchorage to pay the costs of areawide public safety and transit improvements and related capital improvements at the election to be held in the Municipality on April 3, 2018.

Proposition No. 9

AO 2017-165(S), an ordinance of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly submitting to the qualified voters of the Municipality of Anchorage at the next regular Municipal election, a ballot proposition amending the Anchorage Municipal Charter to allow employees of any police department to enforce parking violations and thereby enable the Assembly to delegate parking enforcement in the Girdwood Valley Service Area to Whittier Police Department.

Proposition No. 10

AO 2018-1(S), an ordinance submitting to the qualified voters of the Municipality of Anchorage a Charter amendment permitting Municipal Light & Power to be sold to Chugach Electric Association, Inc. and authorizing disposal of the proceeds of sale.

Proposition No. 11

AO 2017-154, an ordinance of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly to submit to the qualified voters of the Municipality of Anchorage a ballot proposition that would increase the residential real-property tax exemption.

Proposition No. 12

AO 2018-3(S), As Amended, an ordinance of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly submitting to the qualified voters of the Anchorage Fire Service Area (AFSA) and of the Eagle River Valley Area not currently within a fire service area a ballot proposition to annex the Eagle River Valley Area to the AFSA; and if approved then amending Anchorage Municipal Code Sections 27.30.050 and 27.30.700 accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to The ballot propositions

  1. John London March 12, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Chairman Mao would have loved this.

    Take reality, change it, call it something else and hope it flies.

    Then the fall.

    Of the country over time.

    Until the West found out they could make record profits of all time off cheap failed and broken China labor.

    Is there a story here?

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  2. Mike Dahl March 13, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    The Bonds total up to $98,124,500 and the MOA Notice of Bonded Indebtedness shows $93,710,000 if principal paid last year. So asking for 5% more than was paid off.

    Would be nice to understand why there is an increse of $1,040,000 in Operations and Maintenance in Propositions 3 & 4. Appears all but 3 of the 50 proposed projects are upgrades or replacements of existing infrastructure.

    Lastly, if $43,379,578 was paid last year in interest on bonds, why are we bonding for projects instead of setting aside funds annualy to pay for our infrastructure.

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